5 Projects To Try From The Fine Woodworking Magazine

There is no dearth of woodworking magazines in the market today. Whatever your skill level, you will find one that matches your need. If you are an experienced woodworker and are looking to hone your skills further, then surely the Fine Woodworking magazine will cater to your needs.

The Fine Woodworking magazine by the Taunton press is perhaps the undisputed leader among the woodworking magazines. If you want to subscribe only one magazine as an experienced woodworker, then it has to be this one. It is published every two months and there is a yearly special issue that focusses on tool reviews.

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Fine Woodworking Magazine Logo

The good news is that it also has a fine website that has ample information on woodworking, how-to videos, tool reviews, woodworking plans, etc., for free. While you cannot expect them to best of their content on woodworking for free on their site, but nevertheless it is a good place to start. One word of caution is – if you are a beginner in the field of woodworking, you may find it a bit overwhelming. That’s because the Fine Woodworking magazine typically caters to woodworkers who already have a good knowledge of this craft and want to enhance and hone it further. In this article, we will tell you about 5 projects that you should try from this woodworking magazine. Of course, we are choosing from the projects that are available on the site. Only thing is you will have to register for free on the site to get access to them.


Here are five amazing woodworking project plans from the fine woodworking magazine:

–          Wooden Pens:

If woodturning is something you like, then making the wooden pens project from the Fine Woodworking magazine would interest you. These wooden pens make an awesome gift too. You can use scrap wood and it is likely that you will have all the tools needed to make them already. In this project, you will learn how to choose the right wood, prepare the stock and turn it to prepare the parts of the pen and finally assemble them. The best part is you can create a couple of pens in just a short time.

Here is the link to the project: http://www.finewoodworking.com/woodworking-plans/article/pens-make-great-gifts.aspx


–          Arts and Crafts Wall Shelf:-

A wall shelf may look like a simple project, but if you want to create a wall shelf that is not your run-of-the-mill wall shelf, this project can be an ideal one to take up. This simple yet different wall cabinet from the Fine Woodworking magazine has a number of details and hence, one has to make use of different techniques to construct this one. For example – there are mitered joints for the columns, the inlay is decorative, and the finish of the product is such that it gives it a vintage look. Each and every step involved in making this cabinet has been provided in details.

Here is the link to access the project details: http://www.finewoodworking.com/woodworking-plans/article/arts-and-crafts-wall-shelf.aspx


–          Elegant Writing Desk:

A writing desk is one of the most useful pieces of furniture in your house. This elegant writing desk from the fine woodworking magazine is designed to look light and airy. The drawer is made with corner blocks and aprons and the legs are attached later. This process simplifies the making of this writing desk. The instructions accompanying this project are detailed and self-explaining. You will learn how to make the drawer case, the drawer frame, how to glue the drawer case and how to make and veneer the top. The legs of the desk were fluted using a shaper.

To know more about the project, check out this link below: http://www.finewoodworking.com/woodworking-plans/article/an-elegant-writing-desk.aspx


–          Brown Arm Morris Chair:

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Brown arm Morris chair from Fine Woodworking

If you are looking for a somewhat complex project, this Brown Arm Morris Chair project from the Fine Woodworking magazine will surely fit the bill. We need all types of chair in our house and you will find this one quite a charming addition. This chair is stylish and comfortable with its large square legs and wide arms of quarter sawn white oak. It is not as difficult to construct as it may seem to you at first. The things that are crucial for this project are making the bowed arms and to cut the mortise-and-tenon joinery in the curved parts. But worry not, the construction instructions are provided in a step by step way which includes added tips on cutting the joints, how to laminate the arms, the process of assembling the base and cutting the joinery. It also takes you through the process of shaping the curved back slats, creating a seat-cushion frame, and finishing.

Follow the link to find the details on the project: http://www.finewoodworking.com/woodworking-plans/article/build-a-bow-arm-morris-chair.aspx


–          Bowfront Wall Cabinet

This is a small project but it will help you learn three techniques for curves. If you are still to try your hands on vacuum-press veneering this project will let you learn it. This Bowfront wall cabinet from Fine Woodworking magazine features a curve on its front and comprises of a beautiful mix of cherry, Douglas fir, and cocobolo. Right from shop sawn veneer made for curved doors and drawers, you will also learn a few joinery tricks that is essential for making drawers and curved front. This cabinet might look like a small project, but in order to accomplish it flawlessly, you will have to make use of some great techniques that will open up new avenues for you in the world of woodworking.

Click this link to get access to the detailed step by step instructions: http://www.finewoodworking.com/woodworking-plans/article/bowfront-wall-cabinet.aspx


If you try your hands on these projects and loved it, then you could go ahead and subscribe for the paid version of this magazine. Every issue of the Fine Woodworking magazine is something to look forward to – there are practical woodworking tips, detailed tool reviews, lots of colored photographs of furniture that readers will find inspirational and much more. There is one furniture plan in every issue that is challenging in its own way, and needs quite a bit of woodworking skills and techniques to execute it flawlessly.

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